John Adams

1735 - 1826

A Quote by John Quincy Adams

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader"

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on men, law, lawyers, congress, government, and fools

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, two useless men are called a law firm, and three or more become a Congress.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: attributed to one of America's founders, John Adams, in the play 1776

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A Quote by John

This is a revolution, dammit! We've got to offend somebody!

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams


"Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write." -John Adams


John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on conversation, country, death, determination, and survival

Mr. Adams, describing a conversation with Jonathan Sewall in 1774, says: "I answered that the die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon. Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination."

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Webster's Works, vol. iv. p. 8.

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A Quote by John Adams on endurance, existence, learning, nations, proof, protestantism, and truth

The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. . . . And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate A FREE INQUIRY? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to John Taylor, The Life and Works of John Adams, Boston, 1851, v. 6, p. 517.

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A Quote by John Adams on country, imagination, and inventions

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on abuse, society, and words

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: To J. H. Tiffany, March 31, 1819.

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A Quote by John Adams on danger, difficulty, mankind, politicians, problems, and present

If there is ever an amelioration of the condition of mankind, philosophers, theologians, legislators, politicians and moralists will find that the regulation of the press is the most difficult, dangerous and important problem they have to resolve. Mankind cannot now be governed without it, nor at present with it.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to James Lord, February 11, 1815.

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A Quote by John Adams on ancestry, cruelty, earth, hell, and mankind

Set before us the conduct of our own British ancestors, who defended for us the inherent rights of mankind against foreign and domestic tyrants and usurpers, against arbitrary kings and cruel priests; in short against the gates of earth and hell.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, 1765.

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